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Castro Valley Tenants: Sue Your Landlord for Retaliation & Unlawful Rent Increases

Castro Valley tenants are protected from retaliation for asserting their rights under the law.  At the state level, the California Tenant Protection Act of 2019 protects Castro Valley tenants in covered units from evictions without just cause or drastic rent increases. Locally, the Alameda County Code of Ordinances protects Castro ...

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As An Oakland Tenant, Can My Landlord Say No To Overnight Guests?

Be it a significant other, a friend too drunk to drive, or a family member visiting from out-of-town, allowing an overnight guest to spend the night is a valuable privilege many Oakland tenants do not value until renting from a landlord that says no to overnight guests.  But, can a ...

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The Los Angeles Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance

The City of Los Angeles Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance seeks to protect every Los Angeles tenant from harassment perpetrated by unscrupulous landlords and designed to force families from their homes.  By protecting every rental unit in Los Angeles and providing for a private right of action, the Los Angeles Tenant Anti-Harassment ...

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California Tenants Silenced No More

Effective January 1, 2022, the Silenced No More Act – passed as part of California’s comprehensive efforts empowering survivors of harassment and discrimination and preventing future abuses – expands existing protections for California tenants signing settlement agreements in lawsuits or administrative actions, including at the California Department of Fair Employment ...

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Can California Landlords Require California Tenants Pay Rent Electronically?

Reports of California landlords requiring California tenants to pay rent via online portals and websites routinely surface with greater frequency in recent years. Given the increasingly frequent torrent of data breaches and malware attacks throughout the Nation, many tenants simply do not wish to keep their private financial information online. ...

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West Hollywood Protects Commercial and Residential Tenants Until March 31, 2021

Please note that the State of California recently extended the California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium, which supersedes much of the information contained in this article.  Click here for more information.   On Monday, January 25, 2021, the West Hollywood City Council extended its commercial eviction and portions of its residential ...

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Do California Tenants Have a Right to Display Black Lives Matter Signs?

With the Black Lives Matter movement poised to continue pushing for societal change into 2021 and beyond, many California tenants increasingly show solidarity by displaying signs supporting the movement in their homes.  While Americans generally value their right to freedom of expression, some Black Lives Matter signs have brought about ...

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Landlord Harassment During A Pandemic: Combating Landlords Who Ignore the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium

As more California counties lift shelter-in-place restrictions and gradually reopen, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat.  The Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is far from over.  Realizing that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 threat is still out there, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently extended the California Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, which protects California tenants impacted by the ...

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California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Extended Until July 28, 2020

On May 29, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom extended a previously enacted statewide eviction moratorium.  Under the new order, local governments may continue suspending residential evictions due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic related income disruption until July 28, 2020. Under the California Coronavirus/COVID-19 eviction moratorium, California tenants are protected from evictions if ...

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